Shintaro Ban picked up the biggest victory of his young career as the 18-year-old UNLV signee from San Jose, Calif., won the San Fancisco City Men's Amateur on March 9 at Presidio Golf Course. Golfweek caught up with Ban a day after his win in San Francisco.
From the dramatic Walker Cup to Patrick Cantlay's success on the PGA Tour to Kelly Kraft's big win at the U.S. Amateur, the year that was in amateur golf.
Kelly Kraft, of Denton, Texas, poses with his championship trophy after the final round at the U.S. Amateur golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Kraft defeated Patrick Cantlay, of Los Alamitos, Calif., 2-up to win the tournament.
The victorious Great Britain and Ireland team with the Walker Cup at the end of Day 2 of the 2011 Walker Cup held on the Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on September 11, 2011 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Micheal Stewart of Great Britain and Ireland celebrates with teammate Andy Sullivan after he wins his singles match on Day 2 of the 2011 Walker Cup held on the Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on September 11, 2011 in Aberdeen, Scotland.